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This app finds the closest bathroom (no, seriously)

January 26, 2015 1:12 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Yelp is a great resource for finding local restaurants in unfamiliar surroundings. But an app that pinpoints the closest restroom? That’s a new one. Airpnp promises just that — a quick and easy way to find the nearest John. Like Fandango, you enter your location ...

China takes over lead from Europe in 2013 photovoltaic installations

January 26, 2015 11:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A booming photovoltaic market in Asia has propelled China to a global leader in photovoltaic...

This neurostimulator makes people cry

January 26, 2015 11:30 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people...

Brain-wave headset crowdsourced

January 26, 2015 11:15 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

British company Flexctrl Ltd. is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control...

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Preparing for the robot uprising

January 26, 2015 10:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Could artificial intelligence programs revolutionize human labor laws? Should autonomous weapons be programmed to comply with the Geneva Conventions? A speculative letter released on Thursday, Jan. 16 by Future of Life Institute, a volunteer-run research ...

Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

January 26, 2015 9:39 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water....

5 ways drones could affect the American food supply

January 26, 2015 9:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union....

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How the Air Force wasted $8.8 billion on drones

January 26, 2015 8:33 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

So we all know that drones are on the rise in the military, but just how much is this fancy new technology costing? The short answer: a lot. So much, in fact, that the Pentagon's internal watchdog group is trying to figure out how the Air Force is justifying spending $8.8 billion....

LED bug eyes lighting system designed for hazardous locations

January 26, 2015 8:24 am | by Larson Electronics Llc | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a Class 1 Division 2 LED bug eyes emergency lighting system for use within hazardous locations where fail-safe lighting reliability is a must. The HAL-EMG-EXT-12W-2L from Larson Electronics ...

CEA declares war on patent trolls

January 23, 2015 1:59 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Why create a product when you could file a lawsuit instead? That’s the modus operandi of “patent trolls,” those who abuse patent litigation laws, and the Consumer Electronics Association is urging United States citizens to ask the government to crack down ...

Creating a smarter connection between man and machine

January 23, 2015 1:51 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode miniaturization and more ...

Engineering Newswire: NISTAR fights global warming

January 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

NISTAR is an instrument set to fly aboard the weather-observing spacecraft called the Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVR. It's intent? To measure the Earth's radiation budget. One of two Earth science instruments aboard DSCOVR ...

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Microsoft creates wearable Star Trek Holodeck

January 23, 2015 10:17 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, MDT | Blogs | Comments

In case you missed it, earlier this week Microsoft unveiled their latest peripheral gadget to accompany Windows 10, the HoloLens. Star Trek fans in particular will enjoy the “holodeck” style augmented reality the goggles produce – rather than the completely immersive world previous ...

TVS device protects the USB 3.0 interface from ESD

January 23, 2015 9:53 am | by Semtech Corp. | Semtech Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. (Camarillo, CA) announced the RClamp3346P, a high-performance, ultra-low capacitance transient voltage suppression (TVS) device to protect the USB 3.0 interface in computing and mobile devices from electrostatic discharge (ESD) ...

Scientists set quantum speed limit

January 23, 2015 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of California, Berkeley, scientists have proved a fundamental relationship between energy and time that sets a "quantum speed limit" on processes ranging from quantum computing and tunneling to optical switching. The energy-time uncertainty relationship ...

AC-DC power supplies designed for non-life support medical applications

January 23, 2015 9:20 am | by Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new PM202 Series of compact 200W AC-DC power supplies from Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. (Wrentham, MA) are specifically designed for non-life support medical applications that require EN/UL 60601-1 safety standards. The single output ...

Linear position sensor adapts to existing hydraulic cylinder designs

January 23, 2015 9:19 am | by Alliance Sensors Group | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its in-cylinder position sensor product line to include the MHP series linear inductive sensors. These compact inductive linear sensors were designed to be installed into the rear endcap of ...

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Hands-on with Microsoft's hologram device

January 23, 2015 9:08 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft didn't use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering real-world examples to show how you might use three-dimensional ...

6 data center trends for 2015

January 23, 2015 8:24 am | by Emerson Network Power | Blogs | Comments

Emerson Network Power identified six data center trends that will grow in importance in 2015 as data center operators seek ways to respond to dynamic market conditions as quickly and efficiently as possible. “Data centers are undergoing fundamental ...

Why a future engineer picked Princeton

January 23, 2015 7:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Michael Whitmore, a senior at Morris Knolls High School in New Jersey, (and the son of ECN's talented Art Director) who is headed off to Princeton in the Fall to study engineering. He was impressed by their engineering program, but also interested in...

NASA scientists could commute to Mars

January 22, 2015 3:53 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Scientists at NASA may be able to commute to Mars this year ... virtually, anyway. NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called ...

China's J-20 and J-31 stealth fighters based on stolen F-35 documents

January 22, 2015 2:03 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

So depending on how frightened you are of the Shenyang J-31 — and how it stacks up to the F-35 — this could come as a huge relief. After all, if the vaunted J-20 and J-31 stealth fighter jets are based, in part, on the Joint Strike Fighter, the former isn’t ...

Black hole on a diet creates a 'changing look' quasar

January 22, 2015 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Yale University astronomers have identified the first "changing look" quasar, a gleaming object in deep space that appears to have its own dimmer switch. The discovery may offer a glimpse into the life story of the universe's great beacons....

The future of NASA, the ISS, and women in STEM

January 22, 2015 1:09 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

About 130 middle and high school students got the chance to speak with astronauts and leading scientists from NASA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the third annual State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event on ...

STEM stars in 'Spare Parts'

January 22, 2015 12:54 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

One of the reasons I like my job is I get to see many new devices and concepts before they hit the market. This past weekend it branched into Hollywood/the movies, as I had the privilege of screening “Spare Parts” before it hit the theaters....

A new method to generate arbitrary optical pulses

January 22, 2015 12:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a new technique to generate more powerful, more energy efficient and low-cost pulsed lasers. The technique, which was developed by researchers from the University's Optoelectronics Research Centre ...

"Ringing" in the New Year with $5.1 million in funding

January 22, 2015 12:06 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter @abmdigi | News | Comments

Wearable technology startup Ringly raised $5.1 million in Series A, led by Andreesen Horowitz. High Line Venture Partners, Silas Capital, PCH and others also participated in Series A funding for the smart ring company, Ringly founder and CEO Christina Mercando said in a press release.

5 ways to protect intellectual property

January 22, 2015 11:07 am | by Jennifer Collins, Morningstar Law Group | Blogs | Comments

Prior to embarking on product development activities, it is critical that companies take time to protect their intellectual property rights. Several separate partnerships, alliances and agreements may be needed to go from the research phase to the marketplace. Each strategic alliance ...

Technical hard-coats extend the life of electrostatic chucks

January 22, 2015 10:43 am | by Morgan Advanced Materials | Product Releases | Comments

Morgan Advanced Materials (Allentown, PA) announces new solutions in sacrificial wear layers to extend the life of alumina or beryllia electrostatic chucks (ESCs) for semiconductor, solar, and LED applications. Applied as a final protective layer, the Diamonex technical hard-coats ...

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